Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 14, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Staples

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For the most part, my fishing tackle collection is set. I have a small store of inventory in the garage which allows me to chase just about any fish species, any time of year.  I’m also equipped with enough fishing rods of various types (spin cast, spinning, bait cast, fly) that I can serve as fishing guide for at least 6 kids. (More on fishing rod quantity later.) However, I have noticed that there are…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 13, 2014

Debbie Hanson

How Do Fish Keep From Freezing During Winter?

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It’s the middle of winter in the Northern United States and temperatures have been consistently below freezing for weeks. A few fishing buddies talked you into a day of ice fishing on the lake, so now you’re sitting in a shanty, sipping on your warm morning coffee and wondering, how in the heck do fish survive all winter long in such chilly water temperatures anyway? There are actually a few factors involved when it comes…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
January 7, 2014

Stephanie Vatalaro

Ice Fishing 101

Chisels or an auger are popular tools for ice fishing

Winter months, for some, entail trying to find something to do while staying warm indoors, but for ice anglers, it’s go time.  It’s time for you to give ice fishing a try. Below are hints on ice fishing gear you really need , and what you won’t need, and some other ice fishing tips to help make this your new outdoor passion. For starters, a quad or a snowmobile might come in handy to help…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 23, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Silent or Jingle?

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For the last few weeks, entrances to stores have been a little noisier than usually with holiday bell ringers.  When the jingling first arrives on the scene they attract my attention and I am more inclined to spread some Christmas cheer.  However at the risk of sounding Grinchy, after a while I start avoiding the noise, looking for other entrances. As yet another example that my thoughts rarely stray far from fishing, I suspect that…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 17, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Can You Cast “Art?”

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  There are some good looking lures out there.  Not only can they catch fish but some certainly possess aesthetic value. Sometimes it’s the sheer realistic look of the lure that is incredible. Other times, it is a small attention to detail or a unique appearance of something that didn’t come off an assembly line. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” What may be just a loaded tackle box to you, may be…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 11, 2013

Tom Keer

Top Ice Fishing Tips from the Pro

Ice fishing is a whole lot more than skating or sitting on a bucket waiting for a fish to bite. It can be a social sport for sure, but there are some serious anglers who fish through the ice. Chuck Kashner from Vermont Ice Fishing is an ice fishing guide who has some tips that come from years of guiding experience. According to Kashner, the most important part is to locate a good spot. “The…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 4, 2013

Tom Keer

Finding Spots to Drill a Hole

Folks who don’t ice fish think that there is nothing more to the sport than going out on the ice, drilling a hole, and catching fish. That is certainly one way to go about it, but the odds are high that you’ll be a little shy in the fish catching department. Savvy anglers use a common sense approach that begins long before the ice is thick enough to support a shanty, a vehicle, or a…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 7, 2013

Tom Keer

Go Hard or Go Home

A long time ago it was common for my football coach to get complaints from me and my teammates during our summer two-a-days.  Coach’s phrase was “go hard or go home.”  At one point he got tired of saying it and had t-shirts made with the saying broadcasted in plain view.  Now that I think about it, that saying relates to ice fishing too. I’m no weatherman, and while the Groundhog called for an early…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
February 4, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

A Look Back

When you speak with most tournament ice anglers, they share stories of growing up in the ice belt, setting up tip-ups for pike, and sitting in a converted camper trailer with their fathers, grandfathers or uncles jigging and listening to fish tales.  Although I did ice fish as a young child, my story is not quite the same.  I certainly did not fish often enough as a child for it to play a major role in…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 8, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Let it Glow

As a kid, some of my favorite toys possessed the magical ability to glow in the dark.  Guess not much has changed. Glow in the dark lures can be found in a variety of forms from soft plastics to spoons.  One of my favorite methods to fish is to cast a glowing spoon just before sunrise at the mouth of a tributary of Lake Erie and brace for a steelhead to hammer it. It was…

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